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  • Stocks closed modestly higher Friday, but the Dow and S&P posted their worst weekly loss for the year after investors were rattled over slowdown fears in China and weak economic news from the euro zone.

  • Shares in the country’s third-largest exchange opened at $15.25 on Friday, falling below the company’s offering price of $16 a share. Almost immediately, volatility in the stock spiked — on news of a system problem at the exchange — and BATS halted trading on its own shares. The New York Times reports.

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    Take a look at some of Friday morning’s early movers:

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    U.S. tobacco stocks are up an average of 3.2 percent this year, while the S&P 500 has risen 8.8 percent, according to S&P. TheStreet.com analyzes six big-dividend stocks that could light up your investments.

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    Tobacco companies have long been the defensive stock of choice for investors, offering strong dividends and generating large amounts of cash. But as austerity packages bite and household budgets are squeezed, some analysts have questioned the continued health of the sector.

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    Buying defensives that make cash and hand money back to shareholders via buybacks and dividends is a popular strategy at the moment, as macro headwinds keep the bulls at bay.

  • If stocks could attend William and Kate's wedding, Cramer thinks these names would be on the list.

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    Australia’s goal of having the world’s toughest tobacco promotion laws in place by 2012 moved closer on Thursday when it released the plain packing design that all cigarette manufacturers will be forced to adopt as part of new legislation. The FT reports.

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    Shopkeepers in England will have to keep cigarette displays, which typically enjoy prime placement, out of sight from 2012 under new government rules aimed at curbing the health risks associated with smoking.

  • See what's happening, who's talking and what will be making headlines on Wednesday's Squawk on the Street.

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    Here's why you should keep a close eye on these six stocks.

  • Bearish options showed some interesting volume in Altria yesterday as the cigarette company continued to push lower.

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    Pill vs. cigarette. They both have pros and cons as consumer products. But if there is a battle to bring recreational cannabis to market, most believe tobacco companies would have the upper hand over drug companies.

  • Tobacco stocks have been lighting up the markets in the past year and international competitors are seeing gains. Is there still room to invest while they’re hot? Nik Modi, executive director and senior analyst at UBS, shared his ideas for the sector.

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    Don't let the pundit-speak about "lagging indicator" or the market's move Friday fool you, the job market is crucial to the stock market right now. 

  • Companies including TD Ameritrade, Coach and Turkey's Turkcell could be on Warren Buffett's radar, according to a quantitative screen by Standard & Poor's.

  • Investors gain 2.5 percent a year investing in “sin stocks”—tobacco, alcohol and gambling. Marcin Kacperczyk, professor of finance at NYU Stern, explains the “price of sin” and how it may help investors boost their portfolios.

  • The FTSE-100 index is "generally overbought," Steven Mayne, head of research at Falcon Securities said Tuesday, adding that "is does seem like a small, little pullback is needed." But he does see the UK index rising to 5,000 points before the year is over.

  • There are good buying opportunities in the equity markets right now, Daniel Stillhart, technical analyst at LB Swiss, told CNBC Monday.

  • It's time to look at global stocks on a top-down basis, said James Moffett, Scout Investment Advisors chairman on "Street Signs."